NYS YMCA Advocacy Day

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Join us in Albany for YMCA Advocacy Day on February 10-11, 2020.

Each year, YMCA Advocacy Day is an opportunity for volunteers and staff share how the Y impacts each community throughout New York. This year, as the State faces a $6 billion budget deficit, it’s more important than ever that the Y movement shows legislators how important our programs and services are, and what would happen if Ys could no longer afford to do business in New York.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Legislative Education and Advocates Dinner

5:00 – 8:00 PM

Hilton Albany

Featured Speaker: Neal Denton, Sr. VP, Chief Government Affairs Officer at YMCA of the USA

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Y Advocates Breakfast and Briefing

8:00 – 9:30 AM

Legislative Office Building (LOB) Room 711A

Y Advocate Legislative Visits Tabling

9:30 AM -> Onward Various Offices and Legislative Breezeway

Important Event Information:

BUDGET PRIORITIES:

Stay tuned for an updated list of budget priorities

LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS:

Schedule your meeting time with your Legislators for March 12th. THE EARLIER, THE BETTER. We emphasize reaching out to schedule your meeting with your Legislators as soon as possible because that earlier that you do, the more likely it will be to meet with your official rather than a staffer. You can either call their Albany offices or send a meeting request letter. Below are a couple of resources to help you schedule your meetings:

Advocacy Day Meeting Request Letter Template

Find Your Legislator

THE NEXT STEPS!

Before Advocacy Days, we ask you to:

1. Schedule your meeting time with your Legislators for Tuesday, February 11 after 9:30AM . The sooner you schedule this meeting, the better. We emphasize reaching out to schedule your meeting with your Legislators as soon as possible because the earlier that you do, the more likely it will be to meet with your official rather than a staffer. Download a Meeting Request Letter template and how to find your legislator.

2. Book your overnight accommodations as soon as possible. During Session, hotel rooms are being booked by legislative staffers, lobbyists, and other advocacy groups. 

Downtown Overnight Accommodation Options:

Hilton Albany: from $228 per night

Hampton Inn and Suites – Albany Downtown: from $159 per night

Fairfield Inn & Suite Albany Downtown: from $206 per night

Holiday Inn Express Albany – Downtown: from $138 per night

In addition to the hotels mentioned above, there are many options for hotels surrounding the downtown area.  

3. Start sharing! Be sure to follow the Alliance on Twitter on their handle @NYSYMCAs and use the hashtags #YAdvocate all along the way!

QUESTIONS?

Contact Rob Totaro, Associate Director of Member Advancement, 518-462-8241 x 9504 or rtotaro@ymcanys.org.